Christian Ritacco
Christian Ritacco
Height: 6-4
Weight: 165
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Niceville, Fla
Position: Distance
Major: Undecided
Last School: Niceville HS

2010 Indoor: Competed in two events, picking up a 9:16.76 in the 3000m (2/26) and a 16:04.22 in the 5000m (2/27).

2010 Outdoor: Crossed the finish line in the 3K Steeplechase on 5/15 with a 9:56.54 as Upstate’s top performer for the season … Also competed in the 800m with a season best, 2:05.51 (4/30) and 1500m with a 4:10.74 on 4/24 … Posted a 9:11.34 in the 3000m on 3/20.

2009 XC: Strong runner for the Spartans ... Was the second Spartan to cross the finish line at three of the meets ... Recorded season-best time of 26:29 at the Eye Opener (9/5), as he finished 11th ... Finished 15th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) and earned all-freshman team accolades ... Finished 23rd at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational (9/18).

Before USC Upstate: A four-year letterman in cross country and track and field, earning all-county honors in cross country his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Won the county championships as a senior with a time of 16:04 and helped to lead Niceville to the team title ... Also was the 4A District cross country runner-up, the 4A Region cross country runner up, and earned a seventh-place finish at the 4A Florida Cross Country Championships with a personal-best time of 15:55 ... Dropped his 5k personal best from 17:06 in his junior season to 15:55 in his senior campaign ... Earned a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star meet selection and finished eighth in the senior race at the 2008 Footlocker South Regional (16:11) and was a part of the All-South Senior Team ... Named the 2009 Northwest Florida Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... Took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:41.80 at the Florida Class 4A Track & Field Championships.

Personal: Born on April 29, 1991 ... Son of Christopher and Kathy Ritacco ... Has a sister, Meagan, who is a sophomore on West Florida's cross country team ... Favorite food is chinese ... Favorite movie is "Grownups"... Favorite TV Show is Tosh.O ... Favorite actor is Gerard Butler ... Enjoys listening to Maroon 5 and Travie McCox ... Favorite season is winter ... Favorite sports figure is Mick Fanning ... Enjoys swimming, surfing, writing music and playing the guitar ... Admires his sister ... Favorite quote is "be not afraid of greatness. Some achieve greatness, sme are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them".

8K 26:29 -- USC Upstate Eye Opener Invitational (9/5/10)

3000m 9:16.76 -- (2/26/10)
5000m 16:04.22 -- (2/27/10)

800m 2:05.51 -- (4/30/10)
1500m 4:10/74 -- (4/24/10)
3000m 9:11.34 -- (3/20/10)
3K Steeplechase 9:56.54 -- (5/15/10)